Reopening High Streets Safely Project (RHSS)

Sheffield City Council is sharing in £50m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund to support the safe reopening of high streets and other commercial areas.

Sheffield has been allocated up to £520,000. The money will allow local authorities in England to put in place additional measures to establish a safe trading environment for businesses and customers, particularly in High Streets and District Centres, through measures that extend to the end of March 2021. This funding comes on top of the Government’s comprehensive package of support for business and workers during the economic emergency.

The funding will be used for three key purposes:

  • Communications and public information activity to ensure that reopening of local economies can be managed successfully and safely.
  • Business-facing awareness raising activities to ensure that reopening of local economies can be managed successfully and safely.
  • Temporary public realm changes to ensure that reopening of local economies can be managed successfully and safely.

The communications and information will be delivered in part through our Make Yourself at Home campaign that supports both SME’s and the public in helping the Sheffield economy open up safely. Businesses are being actively encouraged to take part in MAYH and more information can be found at www.welcometosheffield.co.uk/makeyourselfathome.

Additional support for Sheffield Businesses that are struggling as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak ,including access to information about safe re-opening and links to all Government guidance, can be found at: www.sheffield.gov.uk/coronavirus-business 

If you would like further advice about how to re-open safely, Business Sheffield have a team of specialist advisors in place to help. Contact them on 0114 224 5000 or businesssheffield@sheffield.gov.uk to book an appointment with an advisor.


ERDF is part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit: www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding